USGS: 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes in Guerrero region of Mexico
A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Ometepec in the Guerrero region of Mexico on Tuesday.
March 20th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

USGS: 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes in Guerrero region of Mexico

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[Updated at 4:00 p.m. ET] The U.S. Geological Survey has again revised the magnitude of the Mexican quake, down to 7.4.

[Updated at 3:29 p.m. ET] Though the epicenter was about 175 miles from Mexico City, earthquakes are a frightening experience for the city's more than 20 million residents of Mexico City. About 10,000 people perished in a massive quake in 1985.

The city, built on volcanic ash and clay, is particularly vulnerable to temblors.

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[Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET] Local authorities in Guerrero state have reported aftershocks, while residents in Oaxaca and Guerrero states and the eastern state of Veracruz reported that phone service had been knocked out in their areas.

[Updated at 3:12 p.m. ET] Pascal Clemens, a businessman in Acapulco, says he has lived in the city for 17 years, and Tuesday's earthquake was in the top five of those he's experienced in that time.

It was "a pretty strong one," he said.

[Updated at 3:03 p.m. ET] A real estate agent in Acapulco told CNN International that he was in an office building when the quake hit. He said that the area has felt tremors for a while now, “but not strong like this one.”

Footage in Mexico City showed people milling around outside office buildings moments after evacuating.

[Updated at 2:42 p.m. ET]  Tourists and residents told CNN they felt the earthquake in the resort city of Acapulco, which, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, is about 120 miles west of the epicenter.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in a Twitter post that there were no immediate reports of serious damage.

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In Mexico City, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard sent tweets saying there was no visible damage in the capital and that the sprawling city's strategic services and water system were functioning.

Regardless, he tweeted, numerous buildings were being evacuated.

[Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET] Eleven miles is about the same depth as the devastating Haitian quake of 2010, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, who said the region can expect aftershocks.

The epicenter was about 15 miles east of Ometepec in the Guerrero region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

[Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET] Updated information from the U.S. Geological Survey indicates it was a 7.6-magnitude earthquake. It struck at a depth of almost 11 miles.

[Updated at 2:24 p.m. ET] CNN's Nick Parker in Mexico City said the earthquake lasted about 10 or 15 seconds.

"The room I was in rattled. A few vases rattled around," he said.

[Updated at 2:21 p.m. ET] The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that the temblor that struck the Mexican capital registered a preliminary magnitude of 7.9.

It struck in the Guerrero region, with its epicenter about 92 miles west of Oaxaca and about 120 miles east of Acapulco.

[Posted at 2:16 p.m. ET] Residents rushed into the streets of Mexico City on Tuesday after a strong earthquake hit.

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  1. don

    i keep learning more and more while you people keep letting your brains be inactive while you stare at your cell phones. look at the cover of michael jackson's album "Dangerous". he was trying to expose the people who controlled him. the cover of that album explains all of it. ask yourself, why is adam weishaupt on the cover. why is horus and anubis on it. there is even an all seeing eye. illuminati people. the matrix was not far off. please look up illuminati.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SirDaBasher

    Wow ,

    - A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
    The quake's epicenter was located 35 miles east of Kaohsiung and had a depth of 2.9 miles, according to USGS.
    There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SirDaBasher

    Jesus might be coming real soon after all.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sofa King

    Malika Obama is in Mexico? Without her parents? Hmm. What is "age of consent" there?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sial

    why is always these tremors jolts our believes and thoughts .

    March 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sakura Miyakawa

      because nowadays earthquakes don't happen always naturally.. since we have HAARP in this world and alien objects attacking earth lol

      March 21, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. SirDaBasher

    I wonderr after the Earth Quakes what will be next , WAR , FAMINE PESTILENCES ?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Incredulous

      Undoubtedly, since we had all of those before the earthquake.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Seriously, a slippery slope fallacy? Earthquakes are inevitable natural disasters that have nothing to do with war and and may actually relieve food supply, ie famine, when the casualties are high enough.
      My deepest reguards to the victims.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DPatriot

      Right on time with the 188 day earthquake cycle ...look that up

      March 20, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Debbie

    My thoughts and prayers for all the families affected by the quakes. It's too bad people can't stay on the topicat hand. ADHD much?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TvNyC

    Luckily these earth quake only killed 8 people. If the epicenter was another 100 miles north north east, it would have been devastating for the Mexico City. Expect strong to severe aftershocks. This could be the year for record quakes.... Watch zones: New Zealand, north west US, and west coast of south America.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yawn

    So many eq's are being reported that they are getting kind of boring. Like too many instant-replays. Of course the loss of life and property are sad, and stories that must be told. But can we change it from EARTHQUAKE to something like 'ground chatter' or something? We did it for SHELL SHOCK (battle fatigue, then PTSD) Heck. Some even did it for Revenge! (preemptive war) MARRIAGE! (union) ADULTERY (cheating) Let's call EQ's 'ground movers' or something less sinister.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yawn

    ...I mean, we've already fashioned our Richter scales to make an 8 look like it's only one higher than a 7 when really it's much much worse than that. "A 'rolling dirt dicordance' visited off the coast of Haiti today" See? Nobody freaks out and starts shooting civilians.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yawn

    ...oh. I guess preemptive war would then be "Prevenge", rather than 'revenge' as previously stated. What did we end-up watering 'Revenge' down to? I forget..

    March 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. YZhang

    Condolences to those who are suffering

    March 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GeoNne MisSing RIP

    I sEned a bolcaNo oNceD.ANd buT i neveR sEned a eaRth quaCk anD nOw hEre I laY. RIP unknown casulaties, and condolences for family they may or may not have had, including but not limited to unknown distant relatives living in far away lands who will never be known. I guess we could find the unknown eq victim's body later and run a DNA. But then we would have to go through all of this again. Do any of you feel eq's getting closer to US? No stats...feelings.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Terrorists Attack Reminders

    With 9/11 being so far off, it's easy to forget to be prepared in case the terrorists attack. I've taken it upon myself as a concerned citizen to prepare a short checklist, including some items officially recommended. BE PREPARED. DO NOT LET THE TERRORISTS CATCH YOU BY SURPRISE AGAIN. (only non-lethal items listed. sorry cowboy)
    1.) Duct tape and plenty. u know y
    2.) Plastic sheeting for covering any way oxygen has of allowing you to breath in case of dirty bomb.
    3.) Enough food to last for however long the oxygen in your home will last.
    4.) Water

    March 21, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Sakura Miyakawa

      but 9/11 was by the US government and shady ppl 😮

      March 21, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Y not US?

    When I look at all the devastation and countless lives lost in places like Haiti, I wonder why not US? Why did that eq hit Haiti and not US? (Other than the reasons Fox's Pat Robertson listed)

    March 21, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
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